When I was a young person, Little Rock TV markets ran a commercial featuring a man and his little boy on a farm. The dad came into the bedroom, woke the boy at dawn, and simply said, “Come on, son. Today’s the day.” The video unfolded the boy’s highly-anticipated first spin around the pasture with a big ole tractor.
My daddy used to wake me that way — especially if we were headed off on some adventurous vacation.
Well, when I awoke today, I could hear Daddy’s voice. “Come on, Jo Bob. Today’s the day.”
This is the fulfillment of a dream or two I’d long given up on — to fly in an F-16 or on the space shuttle.
Okay, so a Pitts Special isn’t quite outer space. We’re not gonna carpet bomb anyone, but this is one SERIOUS ride in Brett Hunter’s high performance acrobatic aircraft. It seems to be the Ferrari of the air show. Fast, agile, and the ability to break every conventional wisdom in the book about gravity and the mystery of flight.
My childhood — and young adult — ambitions seemed to disappear from my radar years ago. Thanks to the Flying Razorbacks, today I’ll realize the fulfillment of dreams I’d stopped pursuing. My friends honor me with an unsolicited opportunity to feel some serious G’s with a widely-respected pilot.
Granted, the dreams are modernized and adapted to circumstances, but isn’t that the case with everything we do?
Flight is scheduled for 12:30 at TAC Air in Fort Smith.
I’ll post an update as soon as I can.
Come on, ya’ll. Today’s the day…